Yee (and I cannot stress this enough) haw. Saddle up, cowboys, today is a big day. Not only is today the release of Lil Nas X’s long awaited “Old Town Road” music video, it’s also the first day of the Cloverdale Rodeo! One of North America’s longest running rodeos, might I add.
The Rodeo and Country Fair returns on the May long weekend for its 73rd year running and features an array of events for those old and young including entertainment in their Longhorn Saloon and on the Lordco outdoor stage, an Agrizone where you can meet some adorable animals, lumberjack shows, and corgi races. Oh, and of course it wouldn’t be country without a BBQ fest. The main attraction though is probably the rodeo itself, a place where 24 cowboys and cowgirls alike compete for a $300,000 prize and the title of Rodeo Champion. The rodeo features things like bareback riding, bronc riding (you may know this from the term “bucking bronco”), bull riding, and ladies barrel riding.
The event will start today and ends on the 20th. Tickets are currently still available, access to the rodeo is $25 and the fair is $10 (kids under 12 are free!).
If that doesn’t sweeten your tea, you can always check out the Rodeo Parade that starts on 177B Street and Highway #10 in the colourful little town of Cloverdale tomorrow at 10am. It will feature floats, marching units, bands, antique cars, and some horses taken down the old town road.
For more information and schedules for the Cloverdale Rodeo, buckle up and head here.